High-Tech Job Hunting: Text Your Way to a New Job

Posted: January 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Career Coach, Job Search Networking, Social Networking | Comments Off on High-Tech Job Hunting: Text Your Way to a New Job

mobile phone job hunting“We need to talk” I knew what was coming. Everyone knows what’s coming when someone says that line, right? In my case, this is when the guy mentions the one thing I’m likely unwilling to change – my addiction to the baby. The baby is my crackberry (aka blackberry) and I sleep with her next to my pillow until 5a.m. when she comes into bed with me. What? If he was all that great I’m sure I would’ve put her on silent and waited until at least 6a.m. to bring her to bed.

We both know I’m not the only one that keeps my smartphone bedside at night and checks it first thing in the morning. Good news is that now there’s one more reason to keep it there – job are being delivered via text message. First we had email notifications, then we had LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook apps and now text messaging.

High-Tech Job Hunting
Job hunting continues to go high tech as companies seek out the savviest and smartest candidates on the market. If you’re just figuring out how to “pimp out” your Linked In profile to reach the 95% of employers sourcing candidates on this hot social network, it’s time to make sure that’s done because companies are already on to even newer, hotter medium.

How Effective Is Mobile Job Hunting
Corporate recruiting departments have become as savvy as marketing departments these days. Given 1,000+ resumes flood in for nearly every job posting, they’ve found a way to source the best candidates and it’s text messaging. Why? Text message open rates are 98% versus email open rates at just 22% and that means the right candidates, already in their system, will open jobs that meet their qualifications.

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ABC’s Good Morning America spotlighted two major corporations already engaged in this high-tech recruiting method earlier this week. On the careers section of AT&T’s website, anyone can sign up to join the company’s Talent Network to receive hot job leads via text message based on location and job type. So far more than 700,000 people have opted in, giving them the first notification of AT&T openings.

Ernst & Young is launching a campaign in February targeting college campuses for its entry-level hiring. A unique QR code featured on campus posters and tabletop displays gives students to access a special area on the E&Y website to take a short quiz that assesses firm knowledge. Job seekers are prompted to sign up for text alerts to learn more about what’s happening with hiring at Ernst & Young.

Hollywood’s Take on America’s Layoffs

Posted: January 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Career Coach, Career Transition Networking, Personal Branding | Comments Off on Hollywood’s Take on America’s Layoffs

The move “The Company Men” hit movie theaters across the country showing Americans what Hollywood directors think about how the layoffs across the country have impacted everyday people.  Unless you’re Ben Affleck or Tommy Lee Jones you might not exactly relate although the critics (who hate themselves for the most part) and average moviegoers (which I consider myself to be) both agree – it’s a “GO SEE” movie!

What’s the plot? Get this – guy has job. company is affected by economy. guy loses job. Sound familiar?  It’s a little more in-depth but it’s the story many of us here in America can relate to far to well.

The “official” movie description, courtesy of Fandango, is:

Go See The Company MenBobby Walker (Ben Affleck) is living the American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and co-workers Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper) and Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones) jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands, and fathers. Bobby soon finds himself enduring enthusiastic life coaching, a job building houses for his brother-in-law (Kevin Costner) which does not play to his executive skill set, and perhaps the realization that there is more to life than chasing the bigger, better deal.

I’d love to be able to add a personal review to this post however, I’m busy writing a resume this morning so one of the real people affected by an actual layoff has the ability to land a new job. With a story line that hits close to my heart and along the line of what I live, eat, sleep and breathe, The Company Men is on my personal “must see” list this weekend and not just because I have a soft spot for  Kevin Costner’s oh-so-pretty eyes.

What To Do When An Employer Just Isn’t Into You

Posted: January 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Career Coach, Interview Tips, job offers | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on What To Do When An Employer Just Isn’t Into You

It’s Not You, It’s Us.

Was she kidding? I’d spent $55 getting my hair freshly coiffed for my day of back-to-back interviews in their offices, $80 on a gorgeous (slightly used) DKNY velvet blazer and was more than qualified! Wait, was that it? Was I overqualified?

Your qualifications likely had nothing to do with it – and I bet your (slightly used) coat looked fabulous! The reality is that landing a new job is like landing a spouse. It’s not as easy as some people think!

Losing a Job OfferDating and Job Searching are so much alike it’s scary and sometimes an employer just isn’t into you. You can wear a beautifully tailored suit, shine your shoes, put your best foot forward and know that you truly are the “best” candidate for the job but if the fit isn’t there it doesn’t matter. We all know what it feels like.

Think back to the last time you went on a first date, an interview or on the schoolyard playground. You want so bad to be chosen, to be “the one”. Sometimes it’s just not your turn. I’ve had plenty of days when I wanted to be “the one” and it wasn’t my turn.

If you’re interviewing remember that when decision day comes, if the employer “just isn’t into you” it wasn’t the right fit. My Mother would say “When one door closes, another one opens” and I suppose that’s true although it’s hard to see the open door with a closed one in your face (sorry, mom. love you.)

I say to approach each event, be it life, dating or job searching, with a sense of gratitude. Find a way to be grateful that they weren’t into you and know you have something better in store for you ahead. Send the decision maker a “thank you” note (I wrote a blog a few months ago with a sample one) to let him/her know that you appreciate being considered and wish them the best in the future.

Another employer that cherishes your skills, energy and expertise will be totally “into you” soon and you’ll look back on this and smile.

3 Resume Tips From Recruiters

Posted: January 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Career Coach, Resume Advice, Resume Feedback Advice | Comments Off on 3 Resume Tips From Recruiters

“I’m on Monster.com, Dice and CareerBuilder and I had a phone interview last month but I think the problem is my resume.” – Client X. I’d love to quote the client that said that but there are so many it’s hard to choose just one. In today’s market, where 9 out of 10 resumes end up in the trash, a market-focused resume is essential to landing an interview much less a job.

Resumes That Get Results

85% of hiring managers only read the top half of page one of your resume. If you were reading only the top half of your first page, what position would you hire you for? 38% of hiring managers spend less than 60 seconds reading your resume. Net result: You’ve got less than 60 seconds to impress a hiring manager in less than half a page.

The resumes that get results in today’s highly competitive market are focused on facts, figures and results all organized in a clean, concise layout with a focused summary right upfront in the top half of page one. How do you create this on your own? The first way is to have the right components present on your resume.

The 6 Resume Components

  1. resume templatePersonal Information | Name, Phone Number, eMail and Address. (tip: include a link to your Linked In profile)
  2. Summary | Have one and make it relevant to today’s market, your skills and accomplishments.
  3. Professional Experience |  Include the most recent 15 years of experience.
  4. Education | Avoid including the year of graduation as it discloses your age; Remove high school.
  5. Awards | Include these great accomplishments in their own section or within the position bullet points.
  6. Community Involvement| Hiring Managers, and companies, like to hire professionals that volunteer. Include philanthropic activities that are not affiliated with a protected class (e.g. religion, ethnicity, etc).

Rosanna the Recruiter’s 3 Resume Tips

get resume coaching todayNow that you’ve got the right components, what are some good rules of thumb? A great colleague, and friend, Rosanna, is a recruiter in the technology industry and took to Facebook this week to post her 3 resume tips. When thousands of resumes come through your “door” via Linked In, Facebook and eMail everyday sometimes you want to share advice. Here are her 3 Resume Tips:

1. 3 page resumes, BAD.
2. Functional resumes, equally bad!
3. Long cover letters, a WASTE OF TIME.

Rosanna wrapped up her resume ‘rant’ with this statement: Your resume is your brand, not a badly written novel of your professional life. In the year 2011, it is unacceptable to have a bad, old-fashioned resume. If you’ve got a great resume and are looking for a job, reach out to Recruiter Rosanna and let her know you found her through Career Coach Adriana’s blog. (hint: avoid sending a bad resume)

Need Resume help? Simply ask. Avoid the $695 professionally written resume writers; I’ve helped thousands of people with their resumes and never charged $695. I hear horror stories from clients day after day, week after week about $500, $300, etc. paid for resumes and when I see what’s been done…cringe! Your resume is just one tool in the job search toolbox that will get you results and get you hired!